Sophie Mei Lan, 29, claims breastfeeding makes her closer to her child Jasmine (left)

Sophie Mei Lan, 29, claims breastfeeding makes her closer to her child Jasmine (left)

Sophie Mei Lan, 29, claims breastfeeding makes her closer to her child Jasmine (left)

A mother has revealed how she is still breastfeeding her five-year-old daughter.

Sophie Mei Lan, 29, of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, claims it makes her closer to her child Jasmine and has saved thousands of pounds over the years.

But the blogger has admitted that it has caused rows with her chef husband Chris Hale, 30, who wants her to stop because it is making her so tired.

Miss Lan, who also has a two-year-daughter called Arianna, told The Sun: 'I don't think there's anything strange about feeding your children.'

The mother, who goes to bed every night with her children so they can feed then fall back to sleep, added that breast milk is 'nourishing, soothing and free'.

She told Sun reporter Jenny Francis: 'Jasmine started school last year and I told her not many kids in her class would be feeding, but she's not bothered.

Miss Lan says breastfeeding makes her closer to her girls and has saved thousands of pounds

Miss Lan says breastfeeding makes her closer to her girls and has saved thousands of pounds

Miss Lan says breastfeeding makes her closer to her girls and has saved thousands of pounds

The young mother sleeps every night with her children so they can feed then fall back to sleep

The young mother sleeps every night with her children so they can feed then fall back to sleep

Miss Lan still breastfeeds her five-year old daughter

Miss Lan still breastfeeds her five-year old daughter

The young mother sleeps every night with her children so they can feed then fall back to sleep

Miss Lan said her chef husband Chris Hale wants her to stop because it is making her so tired

Miss Lan said her chef husband Chris Hale wants her to stop because it is making her so tired

Miss Lan said her chef husband Chris Hale wants her to stop because it is making her so tired

Miss Lan has told how her two-year-old daughter Arianna often stops her for 'Mama Milk'

Miss Lan has told how her two-year-old daughter Arianna often stops her for 'Mama Milk'

Miss Lan has told how her two-year-old daughter Arianna often stops her for 'Mama Milk'

'When they get molar teeth it's supposed to be harder for them to latch on, so maybe she'll wean herself off when she gets to around seven.'

Miss Lan, of Wakefield, said that people do stare at her when she feeds Jasmine in public

Miss Lan, of Wakefield, said that people do stare at her when she feeds Jasmine in public

Miss Lan, of Wakefield, said that people do stare at her when she feeds Jasmine in public

Most mothers stop breastfeeding after six months, and Miss Lan said people do stare at her when she feeds Jasmine in public, making her feel awkward.

But new research this week claimed women who breastfeed for longer will become increasingly attentive mothers throughout their child's first ten years.

The decade-long study by the American Psychological Association is the first to suggest nursing could have prolonged benefits on a woman's mental health.

Breastfeeding has long been associated with positive outcomes for children, such as higher intelligence, better gut health, and stronger immune systems.

Comedian David Walliams once played a 25-year-old man in the hit BBC comedy Little Britain who demands to be breastfed by his mother when he wants, uttering the now-infamous phrase 'bitty'.

Three other mothers who still breastfeed their older children 

A mother from Grimsby has built up a loyal YouTube following after vlogging about breastfeeding all four of her children over the last eight years. 

One of Leanne Allerton's posts over the summer about nursing her four-year-old daughter Poppy attracted nearly one million views.

But the video attracted cruel comments from trolls who claim Poppy – who started school in September – is too old to be breastfed. 

 

A couple who believe in an all-natural approach to parenting refuse modern medicine, traditional schooling and encourage full-term breastfeeding.

Adele, 33, and Matt Allen, 34, call their style 'Off-Grid Parenting' and told last year how children Ulysses, five, and Ostara, one, were both still breastfed.

Writer Mrs Allen, from Brighton, said that when they fell pregnant with her son, the couple's controversial methods felt completely natural to them. 

 

One mother has tried to encourage other women to consider breastfeeding older children by posting videos of her feeding her four-and-half-year old son.

Sophie Emma Rose, 41, is originally from Blackpool, but now lives in Chiang Mai in Thailand, with partner Danny, and son, Shaye.

Ms Rose told last year that her mission is to 'normalise breastfeeding older kids' and 'wanted to expose it until it becomes part of normal reality'.

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